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The European Union and Beyond

Competition within Parties under Open- and Flexible-List PR Systems – The Perspective of Candidates and Voters

Political Competition
Voting Behaviour
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Åsa von Schoultz
University of Helsinki
Panel Discussant
Gert-Jan Put
University of Leuven

05/09/2019 15:50 - 17:30
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 3rd floor Room: 309
Research on electoral competition and vote choice has largely focused on the interplay between parties and voters. In proportional electoral systems using open or flexible lists, elections are however not only played out as a choice between parties, but also as a choice between candidates competing for personal votes within the same party. In light of the trend towards a more personalized political arena, this intraparty dimension of electoral competition is becoming increasingly relevant.

While there is a growing literature on the topic, we still know fairly little about the individual, and contextual level determinants of candidate success, and about the strategies candidates use when competing against their co-partisans. We also lack systematic knowledge on the strategies applied by voters when confronted with the choice between large numbers of candidates running for the same party. Further, we need more information regarding potential temporal patterns in intraparty competition; has for example the level of competition within parties become more intense over time?

The panel invites papers that address different aspects of intraparty competition under proportional electoral systems, from the perspective of voters and/or candidates. Papers can target questions such as: Which type of cues to voters apply when deciding for which candidate to vote? How do candidates pursue competitive campaigns? Which type of candidates are successful in attracting personal votes and under which conditions? Are temporal patterns in intraparty competition related to broader trend of personalization of politics?

We are primarily interested in empirical papers based on experimental designs or on survey or register data, but we do not exclude novel theoretical contributions. Case studies and comparative works are equally welcome.

Paper List

Title Details
Competition Within Parties Under Open- And Flexible-List PR Systems View Paper Details
Finding the One: Complexity of Vote Choices in High Information Open-List PR Systems View Paper Details
Sharing Friends and Neighbours: How Geographic Distance between Co-Partisan Candidates Affects Intraparty Competition View Paper Details
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